Product Review | Klock Werks FLARE Windshields
The Purpose Behind the Hips and Flips
Story By: Keith Hook
Photos By: Brandon Bunch
As described by Klock Werks themselves, the “hips” and “flips” in the design of the UTV Flare windshield definitely gives it a different look, in a great way. These hard coated polycarbonate UTV windshields utilize the unique design to direct turbulent air up and over the driver and passenger. Also in a great way.
Upon unboxing the well-protected shield, it was clear to see that this product is a high quality piece. The clarity of the tinted (or clear) polycarbonate is impressive, and the frameless design gives it a very clean look. The sleek Axia Alloys hardware (roll cage clamps or J-hook clamps and thumbscrew turn knobs) makes installation a snap and allows for easy, tool-less removal.
It is apparent that Klock Werks did their homework with this shield as it comfortably directs air up and over the occupants without any unwanted wind noise or buffeting. Cruising the pavement and dirt roads leading to the desert was very enjoyable, and flying down high speed trails and washes was a breeze, without the wind of course. We’ve been using these windshields for many years now, from the early days of just a few applications to the much wider lineup that the team has developed since. It’s pretty remarkable the amount of work that goes into redirecting wind, but Klock Werks knows what they are doing. Bringing the FLARE over from the on-road V-twin world, they know aerodynamics at speed.
Flat half windshields just don’t work. There are a dozen reasons why, but the FLARE addresses everything we can think of. Half windshields aren’t for everyone, but if you’re in the market we have just one recommendation.